Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Speak Truth, Life, and Love - the Clothes Dryer

This morning I was listening to the local radio station and they were discussing their "word of the year" - over the past year I have had this urge to speak, but have not been certain where it was coming from.  As I drove past the many open fields and the glorious sunrise - I knew it was God talking to me saying you need to SPEAK and speak about Truth, Life, and Love.

Oh boy here comes the Suzie Sunshine kind of post - well if you know me or have followed me for a minute, you know Suzie Sunshine RARELY comes out.  Truthfully, I have been HIDING my true personality for probably a greater portion of the past year - yup, I have lived fear "what will they think, whose feelings will I hurt"  Smhhhhh  forget that!  I really think that is what God has been telling me - you need to SPEAK from your true identity - you know the one that does not hold back and does not live in fear.

With that said, here is a story of Life and our Clothes Dryer. 

In the picture below you will notice that the front of our clothes dryer says in big bold letter "you must press START for clothes to get dry" for some this is common sense, but in our house it is a real struggle.   

Our clothes dyer only has to 2 settings, not actually, but these are the only settings that seem to work - is the dryer only runs nonstop with the SAME load of laundry in it over and over for like 8 to 10 hours straight or it sits with wet laundry in it for 8 to 10 hours or better without ever being started.

The nonstop with SAME load of laundry in it works like this - if the dryer is running the clothes are still wet, EVEN if we have started the same load of laundry over 10 times for the past 48 hours.  It happens folks, I am telling you it HAPPENS.

The wet laundry sitting for 8 hours or more - this is what we called distracted mode!  You see we put the laundry in the dryer our Snapchat goes off and our world STOPS we wonder off to our room and the dryer never gets started!  

These to clothes drying habits often results in what we call "Momma is gonna Snap mode" especially when it is her clothes sitting there wet for 48 hours plus!

We have not developed a remedy for these issues, nor am I accepting advice for solving the problem, as I know the problem will truly be solved when my kids are grown, my house is empty, and I will miss those soggy stinky clothes or that continuous sound of same load of laundry being dried over and over and over!

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 
1 Corinthians 13:4-7    

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Holiday Greetings from Our House to Yours

Holiday Greetings from Our House to Yours

My mailbox is filling up quickly with Holiday Cards, but just like years in the past I am a fail at sending my cards out!  I think if you dig through my Christmas boxes you will find many unopened
boxes of Holiday Cards that had good intentions of being mailed, but failed!

So like years past, here goes our holiday greeting card via our blog!

Life in our house has only gotten busier.  Trey and I keep praying for it to slow down, but God keeps opening doors and we can't help but walk through them!

Lesse is almost done with "middle school" as she is entering her final semester of 8th grade!  She definitely is our multi-talented child with so much ambition!  This past year she played volleyball, softball, basketball, and made all-district band!  We are super proud of her academic, sports, and musical accomplishments!  Outside of school she has started a tiny little ministry where she is a pen pal with  little girls - this has been super fun to watch her write back and forth and share secrets and wisdom with little girls that look up to her!  We know that even at her young age Lesse is a leader and God has many plans for her adventurous heart.

D, our little man is finishing his last semester of "elementary" and will enter middle school next year! Momma's baby turned the big 10 this past month, yes Momma cried!  D remains our child that stumps us with his quick tongue, unique statements, and never ending curiosity!  D opened the door to music by joining Honor Choir this year at his school - we love his passion for music!  This past January D made the decision that he wanted to work for God, so he was baptized into the family of God. D has such a servants heart and this year has made huge commitments and sacrifices to be able to give back to his friends and neighbors - including buying his whole class ice cream, just because he cares about them!  It is so fun watching D and his giving heart - we know God will use his passion and empathy to do good things!

Trey's life has only gotten crazier as Lesse and D add in extra activities, his truck has become the taxi cab of neighborhood. This year Trey reconnected with an old youth group friend and we as a family had the opportunity to serve in inner city St Louis with Love the Lou - it was great to not only see old friends, but meet new friends and open doors to what we hope to be life long friendships. We are thankful Trey's job has been busy over the past year, God has blessed us well.

As for me, well I am still in college.  I keep thinking it is just a few more classes and it is, but seems to take forever! Last year (2016) I transferred departments and am able to remain working in the field of my degree, but with a less crazy schedule!  So very thankful for a steady normal schedule and good benefits in my employment.  I have also been blessed with being able to serve my community as our local Chamber of Commerce President - such a treat to be able to return my love to the community that loved me and helped mold me as a child.

As for 2018, we do not know where 2018 shall lead us!  Trey is considering a run for leadership in our community - we know if it is God's will he will open that door.

If I remain on schedule with my college classes (my advisor gets annoyed as I change it a lot) I should graduate December 2018 - I have had to reduce my class load to be able to parent, work, and serve my community!

We assume our kids will grow another foot or so next year to pass us up and be taller than us, but that  will also be left up to God!

We pray you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!


Trey, Becky, Lesse, & D

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri

(Disclosure: my visit to the Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium was sponsored, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own or my families, I cannot be bought) 

The Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium the largest, most immersive wildlife attraction in the world is right here in Missouri.  The Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium is located inside the Springfield Bass Pro Shop and is perfect for visitors of all ages.  

"Aww Mom, did you really say that we had to go to the Bass Pro Shop on our girls weekend?"  My sweet, but sassy little gal was not sure about crashing the "hunting store" on her girls weekend.  Until we walked inside the massive Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium in Springfield, Missouri - the next comment I got was "Mom this place is not like I thought it would be" - maybe Mom was right again.

We started our adventure at the Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium inside the Wildlife Galleries.  This was more than just a few painting on the wall, it was a history lesson mixed with lavish displays that look so life like that you thought you were really in the animals natural habitat and the animals were real.    

A walk on the artic side to meet few polar friends? 

Mixed with this life like exhibit of artic animals was a touch of history and lesson of how the Inuit people native to the Arctic regions of North America lived.  

While this piece of clothing was sure to be warm, I am not sure it was my style.  

Throughout the Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium's wildlife gallery we learned about animals and lands from all over the world, the history of hunting, the importance of conservation, and individuals that played an important roll in the sport of hunting and conservation.

After our hour tour of the wildlife gallery we entered the aquarium portion of the tour  - our first steps into the aquarium we weren't sure if we had left Springfield, Missouri and entered the runways of LasVegas - we may have had to stand and pose on the steps a few times.  

Like the art gallery section of the tour, the aquarium is absolutely gorgeous, yet acceptable for all ages.  

The aquarium leaves nothing to imagine, except maybe how did they build an aquarium this big? 

AND make it see through?  

 Like the wildlife galleries, each area of the aquarium has a theme, you visit fresh water areas, swamps, and sea life.  The entire area, minus the area dedicated to the fishing awards, which my girls zoomed through quickly, is very interactive - it will mesmerize kids of all ages!  

The Jellyfish might have been our favorite.   

In fact, I am not even sure we knew these color of Jellyfish even existed! 

The swamp area was also a favorite, but the girls were not huge fans of the swinging bridge over the alligator pit - I did not know they could move as fast as they did across the bridge!

Even though the alligators looked semi-friendly.  

The touch-table gives visitors a chance to touch sea life they may never have been able to get close to before. 

At the very end of our tour we got a nice surprise and met this guy! 
He was much cuter through the glass than he would have been meeting face to face in the wild!  

A few things you should know before going to the Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium.  
  • The Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium does have an entrance fee, you can choose to visit either the museum, the aquarium, or buy a combo ticket and visit both at once. 
  • You need to wear walking shoes, while it is indoor the facility is also 350,000 square feet with 1.4 miles of trails - that is just a tad bit of walking!
  • There is a snack area, gift shop, and plenty of restrooms throughout the facility.  
  • The Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium is wheelchair and stroller friendly - where needing to move from floor to floor, elevators are available. 
  • Plan to spend several hours, you could zip through in 2 hours, but you would miss so much!  To truly enjoy the Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium plan to spend 4 hours or more especially if visiting with kids. 

More Pictures of The Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Farms of Missouri - The Curious Cows

One of my favorite things to photograph is farms.  Tractors, Barns, Livestock, and if I am lucky I can occasionally capture a Farmer in action. 

This particular day we were just out for a drive, my goal was to capture a beautiful fall photo of my Dad's barn, however, the cows had a different idea.  I have seen people desperate to have their photo taken, but never a bunch of cows! 

The Missouri Mom

The Missouri Mom

The Missouri Mom

The Missouri Mom

The Missouri Mom

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Perryville Pumpkin Farm, Perryville, MO

*****NOTE*** This was originally posted in 2011, but Perryville Pumpkin Farm is awesome, we are sharing it again!  

The kids and I made our plans to find the PERFECT Pumpkin.  I had heard rave reviews from several fellow mommas about the Perryville Pumpkin Farm….so timing was right and we hit the road to Perryville MO

We were pleasantly surprised that Perryville Pumpkin Farm was well equipped with not only perfect pumpkins, but a perfect BIG GREEN TRACTOR.  Yep, they made D-man's day by pulling the hayride to pumpkin patch with his favorite kind of tractor. 

We searched long and hard for the perfect pumpkin, the experts (Lesse & D-man) had many specific ideas what the perfect pumpkin should look like.  Mommy had one specific rule; they had to be able to carry their own pumpkin!  We found our perfect pumpkins and currently the perfect pumpkins have found a new home…the middle of our living room coffee table!  What can I say it was Perfect Pumpkin Love at first sight!

While pumpkins and tractors made our day, we could not leave without taking a run through this rather educational corn maze. Parents this maze is more than a maze it also is a quiz, but I can't give you the answers just yet.  If a well-organized corn maze, a hayride, and finding the perfect pumpkin is not enough. Perryville Pumpkin Farm also has pumpkin bowling, adorable goats, and a tire throw game. 

Perryville Pumpkin Farm is located at 1410 Allens Landing Road in Perryville, MO.  The farm is open seven days a week thru November 1, but wagon rides to the patch operate Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6pm (or by appointment.)  For more information or a complete list of details, please check Perryville Pumpkin Farm’s facebook page or give them a call at 573-513-2899.

While Perryville Pumpkin Farm earned our 2-Thumbs up seal of approval for being a fun family outing, parents I must add they earn my hubby’s 2-thumbs up for being an affordable afternoon!  While I never want to give exact prices (because prices change, and family size varies) I left my house with $20.00 and came home with more than $5.00 worth of change! 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Massey Log House and the Alma Fisher School in Marble Hill, Missouri

Massey Log House (1869) and the Alma Fisher One-Room School located just down the street from the Bollinger County Courthouse in the City of Marble Hill, Missouri.

The Massey Log House and the Alma Fisher School will be open for tours every Sunday from 1 pm to 3 pm throughout the month of October 2017.
The tours are family friendly, educational, and give you an up close look at what life in Bollinger County looked like over 100 years ago.
The Massey Log House and the Alma Fisher One-Room School are operated by the Bollinger County Historical Society - for more information you can call 573-579-1304. 
Here is a small glimpse at The Massey Log Home:

A glimpse of the Alma Fisher One-Room School: